Pike Ride

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Pike Ride
Locale Arlington County, Virginia
Annandale, Virginia
Service area Columbia Pike
Routes 14[1]
Stations Pentagon Station, Pentagon City Station
Operator Metrobus

Pike Ride is a combination of bus routes along Columbia Pike in Northern Virginia, United States. It consists of service operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metrobus) and Arlington Transit (ART), connecting the Pentagon and Pentagon City Washington Metro stations in Arlington County with Annandale in Fairfax County.

The service started in 2003. Route timetables and other useful information were implemented in numerous bus stops along the corridor, printed in both English and Spanish. ART provides cell phone users with an 800 number that is listed at each bus stop to call and obtain bus schedule information.


The following routes are branded as Pike Ride service:[1]

  • Metrobus 16A, 16B, 16D, 16J, 16P Columbia Pike Line to Pentagon
  • Metrobus 16E Columbia Pike Line to Pentagon City (nights only)
  • Metrobus 16G, 16W Columbia Heights West-Pentagon City Line
  • Metrobus 16H Columbia Heights West-Pentagon City Line to Crystal City
  • Metrobus 16K Columbia Heights West-Pentagon City Line to Pentagon (weekend mornings only)
  • Metrobus 16L Annandale-Skyline City-Pentagon Line
  • Metrobus 16X Columbia Pike MetroExtra Line to Federal Triangle
  • Metrobus 16Y Columbia Pike-Farragut Square MetroExtra Line to McPherson Square
  • ART 41 Columbia Pike-Ballston-Court House
  • ART 74 Douglas Park-Arlington Village-Pentagon City
  • ART 75 Wakefield H.S.-Carlin Springs Rd.-Ballston


Robert L. May of Barcroft began operating buses along Columbia Pike in 1921, running from downtown Washington over the 14th Street Bridge to Barcroft. Among other additions, he acquired the former Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Railway at foreclosure in 1930 and replaced it with buses in 1932. May incorporated the Alexandria, Barcroft and Washington Transit Company in 1934.[2][3][4] This company continued independent operation until February 4, 1973, when WMATA acquired it.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Pike Ride". arlingtontransit.com. Arlington Transit. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  2. ^ United States Interstate Commerce Commission (1948). Interstate Commerce Commission Reports: Motor carrier cases, Volumes 48-49. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 617. Retrieved 2015-03-15. Respondent's present extensive operations were initiated by its predecessor, R.L. May, now president of the corporation, with one bus in the early 1920s over the Columbia Pike between Barcroft and Washington. 
  3. ^ United States. Government Printing Office (1954). Congressional Serial Set, Issue 11728. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 2015-03-15. Having operated a bus line since 1921 and managed a street railway company from 1930 until the Federal Government confiscated the railway rights-of-way in Washington, D.C., in 1932, R. L. May, in December 1934, formed the A.B. & W. Corp., turning over to it all working capital and assets used by his bus line, including a garage and terminal on Pitt and Cameron Streets in Alexandria. 
  4. ^ United States. Congress. House Appropriations (1926). District of Columbia Appropriation Bill: 1927, Hearings ... 69th Congress, 1st Session. Washington, D.C. p. 52-53. Retrieved 2015-03-15. Columbia Pike Line.—Route 202. Louisiana Avenue, between Eighth and Ninth Streets NW., to Barcroft, Va., via Louisiana Avenue, Eighth Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, Thirteenth Street, C Street, Ohio Avenue, Fourteenth Street, Highway Bridge, Military Road, Alexandria Road and Columbia Pike. For: Arlington, Columbia Station, Johnson Hill, Barcroft, East Arlington. 
  5. ^ "DC Transit". Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  6. ^ Eisen, Jack (January 14, 1973). "No Fanfare Marks Bus Line Takeover". The Washington Post. p. A10. 

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